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Ronald Ventura’s Grayground Painting Sold for P46.9 Million at Sotheby’s Auction

Ronald Ventura: Most successful visual artist

"Grayground Painting" worth was P46.9 Million

The “Grayground Painting” of world renowned Filipino artist Ronald Ventura was sold for nearly P47 million pesos (HK$ 8,420,000) at Sothebys Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings. The auction that was held April 04, 2011 set  a new record for the Filipino as the most expensive items in an auction.

“Grayground Painting” was a graphite, oil, and acrylic on canvas piece, which measures 60 inches by 155 3/4 inches (nearly four meters long), set a new auction record and beat Filipina artist Geraldine Javier’s oil-on-canvas Ella Amo’ Apasionadamente, which raked in HK$1,460,000 in an auction last year.

Most successful Filipino Visual Artist

Ronald Ventura's masterpiece was worth more than P46 Million

Ronald Ventura was a 37 years old fine arts graduate from Sto. Tomas University. He is one of the top-selling Filipino artist who have been selling for more than 5 to 6 digits dollar in auction houses abroad.

The Filipino artist together with Ronald Caringal, Lynard Paras, Kiko Escora, Janet Balbarona, Rodel Tapaya, Andres Barrioquinto, Marina Cruz, Arturo Sanchez, Nona Garcia, Jon Jaylo, Danilo E. Dalena, MM Yu, Wawi Navarroza, Onib Olmedo. These Filipinos have showcased their different masterpiece during the Sothebys auction. This news of achievement from a Filipino artist will surely ignites the Filipino spirit to strive for the best.


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About the author: Ed Umbao is a former tuba-gatherer from Bantayan Island. Previously worked as an OFW in Saudi Arabia, now a full-time blogger sans technical ability.

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  • geraldine April 5, 2011, 1:44 pm

    Yes, he got almost P47 M for his painting Grayground! I didn’t know this guy existed until I read the news and check Sotheby’s site. Note: This is not his first sale at auction. Grayground is full of symbolism. See for yourself what P47 M painting looks like at http://redpenredtemper.info/?p=169

    At ehdumbao, the writer of this article “Ronald Ventura’s Grayhound Painting Sold for P46.9 Million at Sotheby’s Auction”, I’m confused when you mentioned that he is the “most popular candidate in Binibining Pilipinas”. Are you referring to Ventura or someone else?


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